Name & Title:
Brandon Lewis, Senior Account Executive at KWT Global
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Tell us a little bit about the organization/project you worked with.
The Posse Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides full-tuition, merit-based scholarships to small, diverse groups of students to attend top colleges and universities around the country. Their goals are to expand the pool of outstanding young leaders from diverse background, help top institutions build more interactive campus environments, and guide scholars through their academic studies so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.
How did you first get involved with this organization? What made you decide to work with them?
I was actually selected to be a Posse Scholar in 2009 to attend Trinity College in Hartford, CT. The organization has been indispensable in my life before, during, and after college, and I know I wouldn’t be where I am without them. It’s always been important to me that I help Posse in any way I can to find the next generation of scholars and bring them into the workforce with me.
What work did you do to support them, and what unique skills or experience could you bring to the table?
I served as a volunteer during the first round of the Dynamic Assessment Process (DAP), which is how Posse selects its scholars from thousands of nominees. In the first round, I was tasked with observing the candidates as they facilitated conversations around a number of socially relevant and sometimes difficult topics. I would then determine which of the students I observed should move onto the second round, based on specific qualities that Posse looks for in scholars, such as engagement, active listening, and encouragement.
What did you take away from your experience – both professionally and personally?
This is my second time participating in the DAP process–third if you count the one I participated in as a Posse candidate—and it continues to strike me how valuable the skills that Posse is seeking in its students are in the real world, especially given the current climate that we’re in today. Seeing how enthusiastic and passionate my group of students were really made me feel confident about the progress that would made on the college campuses they would be attending, and the post-graduate world they would be eventually joining.